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tofu manchurian
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5 from 2 votes

Tofu manchurian Recipe

Tofu manchurian is a great companion for hakka noodles or fried rice.Perfect for vegans or those who want to avoid paneer.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Indo-Chinese
Keyword: dry tofu chilli, dry tofu manchurian, indo chinese starter, indo-chinese, tofu chilli, tofu manchurian
Servings: 4


  • wok
  • air fryer or oven


Tofu cubes

  • 300 grams extra firm tofu
  • 2 teaspoon corn flour/tapioca starch/arrowroot
  • 2 teaspoon oil
  • ½ tsp. salt optional if soy sauce is already too salty.
  • 2 tsp. soya sauce

Sauce mix

  • 1 tablespoon tomato ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon hot chilli sauce adjust as per your taste
  • 1 tablespoon sweet & sour sauce optional
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce adjust as per your taste

vegetable mix

  • 2 tablespoon sesame oil or any vegetable oil
  • 1 tbsp. sliced ginger
  • 1 tbsp. sliced garlic
  • 1 Onion chopped or ½ cup
  • ½ Green capsicum chopped or ½ cup
  • ½ Red capsicum chopped or ½ cup
  • Salt as per taste Adjust as per salt in Soy sauce
  • ½ teaspoon pepper crushed


  • ½ teaspoon Sesame seeds
  • ¼ cup green onions chopped


Prep tofu pieces in Air fryer

  • Cut the Tofu in cubes,Add tapioca starch/cornflour,salt,soy sauce and Oil.
  • Place the marinated tofu pieces in the air fryer basket. You may use the steamer sheets or baking sheets with holes. 
  • Cook in air fryer at 190 deg C for 15 minutes. Stir the pieces in the basket once between those 15 miniutes.
  • Keep it aside and add to wok once gravy is ready.

Prep tofu pieces in Oven

  • After tossing the tofu pieces in the starch mix, spread them on a tray lined with baking sheet
  • Bake into oven at 190 deg C(fan forced) for 20 minutes.

Steps for tofu manchurian gravy

  • Heat oil in a wok, add ginger, garlic and chilli. Add onion, cook on medium flame for few minutes. Now, add rest of veggies.
  • Add the sauces with salt and pepper and let it cook for few minutes.
  • If you prefer a thin gravy , then this is the time to add 2 teaspoon corn flour/tapioca starch mixed with 1 cup water and let it boil.
  • Add the cubes to the gravy. Toss them well.
  • Garnish with sesame seeds and chopped spring onions.


The spice is as per your taste, hence please adjust the chilli sauce,soy sauce accordingly.


Serving: 4g